Category: Broadcasting Industry News

WOTV 4 Women Rebrands to ABC 4 West Michigan

Nexstar’s WOTV-TV (Battle Creek/Grand Rapids) has announced the next chapter of its brand evolution. On March 23, viewers began experiencing their favorite WOTV content as “ABC 4 West Michigan.” ABC 4 West Michigan focuses on several brand pillars including special features on entertainment content, local guides and contests.  The station’s entertainment-centric rebrand happens just in… read more

West Central Michigan Media Ministries to Acquire WMPA-FM

On April 16, an application was filed with the FCC to assign the license of WMPA-FM (Ferrysburg/Grand Haven) from Will Tieman and Wendy Hart’s WGHN Inc. to non-commercial operator West Central Michigan Media Ministries. WGHN Inc. will retain AC 92.1 WGHN-FM and “Oldies 94.9” 1370 WGHN/94.9 W235CM Grand Haven. WMPA will join the buyer’s Christian… read more

Applications are now open for the 2022 MIW Mildred Carter Mentoring Program

Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) has opened up applications for its MIW Mildred Carter Mentoring Program.  The MIW Mentoring Program pairs mentees with successful women leaders in all areas of radio broadcasting. If selected, your mentor can help you face upcoming challenges, build your network and reach your goals. Four candidates – within… read more

WLUC’s Steve Asplund Says ‘Happy Trails and See You Down the Road’

Steve Asplund, longtime news anchor at WLUC-TV (Marquette), broadcast his final show this past Wednesday (3/16), retiring after a 43-year career at the station.  Asplund has held various roles at the station for more than 42 years, most recently with news director responsibilities. During his final broadcast, he delivered an emotional final farewell, surrounded by… read more

Major Broadcasters Launch NextGen TV in Flint

On March 15, Flint’s leading television stations began broadcasting with NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0), the revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Stations participating in the launch include WJRT-TV, WNEM-TV, WSMH-TV, WEYI-TV and WBSF-TV. Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet and digital apps, NextGen TV can support a wide range of features that are… read more

Pistons Broadcaster George Blaha Out for Rest of Season

The Detroit Pistons announced this past Sunday (3/13) that legendary play-by-play announcer George Blaha will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season due to a heart bypass procedure. Doctors diagnosed the need for the procedure during a routine check-up completed last week. The team announced on Twitter Tuesday (3/15) that “George Blaha underwent a… read more

Detroit Sports Media Association Names Terry Foster President

Terry Foster, noted sports broadcaster and writer in Michigan, has been named president of Detroit Sports Media Association, succeeding Jennifer Hammond. Foster leads up an organization that traces its roots to 1948 when founder Ty Tyson created the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Joining Foster on the DSMA 2022 Executive Board are Bobby Keyes, Vice President;… read more

WRSR’s “Fox Feeding Frenzy” Brings in $61k+ to Fight Hunger!

Krol Communication’s WRSR-FM (Flint) held its annual “Fox Feeding Frenzy” last Friday (3/4/22) and brought in $61,633 for The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, enough money to provide 369,798 Meals! The 12-hour broadcast aired 7a.m. to 7p.m. from the Food Bank on Lapeer Road in Flint. Program Director Jeremy Fenech told the MAB, “Here at… read more

Mid-West Family’s WYTZ Raises $40,000 For St. Jude

Mid-West Family’s WYTZ-FM (Bridgeman/Benton Harbor/St. Joseph) held its annual 2-day radiothon February 23-24 for St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, meeting their goal and raising a total of $40,000!  The station has been holding the annual radiothon for 17 years now. The station’s morning show host Matt Malone said, “The total amount for every year we’ve done… read more